How to Create Realistic Puddles
Puddles! Hollywood loves 'em. In almost every movie, you'll notice that night time shots are almost dripping with water. (Even if it makes no sense for the story)
Believe it or not, this is very intentional.
Rough surfaces disappear at night, resulting in overly dark shots and unbalanced frames.
Wet surfaces however reflect light, and allow you to properly identify the surrounding area. Thus making the scene "feel" brighter.
As a 3D artist, you can incorporate this same trick into your scenes.
And not only is it helpful for lighting and composition, but puddles are also just visually interesting. So even daytime shots can be vastly improved.
We created a puddle tutorial 5 years ago, but the method in this tutorial is far simpler and produces vastly better results! It's physically-based and procedural, meaning there's no painting or UV unwrapping required!
If you make something cool from this tutorial, share it in the comments below!